The Crossett Golden Eagles threw the Dollarway Cardinals for a loop this past Friday. The Golden Eagles edged the Cardinals 32-14 behind three passing touchdowns.
Entering the game, Crossett hadn't thrown a touchdown all season, and Dollarway Head Coach Lee Hardman expected them to attempt to run the ball down the Cardinals' throat. However, Crossett sophomore quarterback Justin Stokes finished the game after completing 15/23 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns.
Regardless of how they scored, Hardman expressed what he saw from his guys.
"The bottom line is we didn't tackle and we didn't block," Hardman said. "Anytime you're playing a decent team you have to tackle and block, and we didn't do either one very good."
The Golden Eagles did have one rushing touchdown on 23 carries. Hardman blames the struggles of the Cardinals on not playing fundamental football. After trailing 32-6, the Cardinals did score another touchdown and tack on a two-point conversion.
"The guys didn't out-right quit, we're just not playing good football," Hardman said. "We're not taking care of our fundamental things, and that's how you get beat. It's more of us and what we're not doing versus what the other teams are doing. We're not taking care of the fundamentals, and it's really hurting us."
For senior night this Thursday, the Cardinals will host the Warren Lumberjacks.Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
"Warren has one of the better teams in the state," Hardman said. "We're going to go out and play as hard as we possibly can and send the seniors out on a good note."